Andy Palmer is a former New York City public defender whose three years of living and working in Brooklyn’s trenches clearly provide fodder for the painful truths and ruggedness of his alternative folk-rock sound. With music featured in multiple independent films, his second CD, “Hazard of the Die,” was released this past spring with high praise from local critics. Combined with his stage presence, Palmer is one of Colorado’s most promising new musicians.
Ash will discuss the current state of homophobia in our culture challenging even the word “homophobia” itself. There is no fear, just loathing. Hating things we don’t understand, people we don’t know or anything that is different than our day to day. “Homophobic” people are not scared of anything. We all have a responsibility to live our lives as active activists not passive ones when it comes to protecting our fellow humans from hate of any kind.
Today, millions of people around the world from all ages struggle with video game addiction. This issue affects all of life including school grades, job retention, career aspirations and even marriages yet too often the conversation focuses on whether we should play games instead of helping those who want to stop but cannot. A video game addict for more than ten years, Cam joins us to share his story on overcoming and how he changed his life.
Craig will be talking about the importance of providing experiential learning opportunities within green schools and thereby creating ‘buildings that teach’. He will highlight some innovative examples of how schools are connecting hands-on learning, sustainability, and curriculum. In doing so, these green schools are fostering sustainability values and improving the academic performance of their students.
Erica will talk about her research on the impressive historical record of civil resistance in the 20th century–as well as the promise of unarmed struggle in the 21st century. She will focus on what she calls the “3.5% rule”—the notion that no government has been able to withstand a challenge of over 3.5% of its population without accommodating the movement or (in extreme cases) disintegrating. In addition to explaining why mass nonviolent resistance has been so effective, she will also share some lessons learned about why it sometimes fails.
We are all creating our personal histories everyday with our digital services. Most often, we take pictures of what we are seeing—as opposed to feeling. George will talk about appreciating how amazing our lives truly are and how to capture that in the picture we take using all our senses—not just our eyes.
Why do some transcend addiction while others fail? Why is it that some are able to get clean and stay sober, while the lives of others are derailed by a lifelong struggle with their addictions? Jacki’s talk focuses upon answering these questions and focusing upon the intersection between resilience of the human spirit and social contextual factors that together set the stage for those struggling with addiction to choose a pathway to health.
Jennifer’s talk is about the agony and ecstasy of volunteering. Our current model of volunteerism gives everyone a trophy for showing up—“it’s the thought that counts.” Jennifer disagrees, arguing that actions matter more because social change is a strategic effort brought about by people doing stuff that actually matters. To contribute to changing the world, you need to be agitated enough by your experience as a volunteer to fundamentally question your impact and role.
Josh will sift through the propaganda, fear and greed encompassing medical marijuana. Recently featured on CNN, Josh and his brothers developed a non-psychotropic strain of marijuana which is drastically reducing seizures for many pediatric epilepsy patients in Colorado. With millions facing life-threatening illnesses, Josh outlines the hurdles needed to effect social change and maps a path toward helping those who desperately need revolutionary medicine.
Travel, for many of us, has become a safe, sanitized, and predictable practice, when it should be more about spinning the globe, jumping off cliffs, and eating the worm. Travel writer Joshua Berman will speak about ways to make travel a more purposeful, transformative experience—like it was meant to be! Joshua writes a monthly travel column in the Denver Post and is the author of four guidebook titles. He is a Spanish teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and lives in north Boulder with his wife and three daughters.
No one is ever going to say, “I’m so glad cancer came into our lives, it made me a better person.” But there are some things that cancer — and any crappy, horrible disease — does really well. You don’t get a choice. So if you let go of the fear, you can see how the gifts it brings transform just about every decision and moment in your life in a way that will leave you feeling more free and stronger.
Authenticity is a tonic for fear and loathing. By being true to yourself, fear has a way of dissolving and loathing can turn into an opportunity for inner peace. Myriah has observed up close and personal just how profoundly democracy, capitalism and everyday modern life could use a swig of tonic. She documents her journey toward ultimate authenticity.
Oakhurst spikes traditional bluegrass with rock & roll and a kamikaze rhythmic sensibility. Oakhurst has played nationally at venues including Red Rocks, with national airplay on over 200 radio stations nationwide.Oakhurst will be joined by Denver banjoist Zach Daniels. Zach Daniels is a leading banjo player in the pop, folk, rock and country music scenes and is sought after by many popular acts such as Michael Franti, G. Love, Train, The Barenaked Ladies, Josh Kelley, Brandi Carlile, Shawn Mullins, Gaelic Storm and many more. Zach currently fronts the Denver based indie-rock band, Silversmith.
A performer dedicated to redefining cello playing, Phil Norman draws from diverse influences to create eclectic original compositions. Classically trained, he actively performs across the front range with concert appearances throughout the United States, Italy and Australia. His first full length album, ‘The Moon Has Strange Ears’ will be available this winter.
Inspiration over devastation—using art as an essential tool in halting the destruction of threatened species. People only protect what they love—recognizing this, we can bring the beauty and vulnerability of marine life to mainstream audiences across the globe, fueling a new wave of curiosity and appreciation for the oceans and inspiring the global community to take immediate action to conserve them.
Sheldon does not believe many universal truths exist in America except that two must be: (1) everyone thinks their weather is unpredictable and (2) the drivers in their state are terrible. His passion lies at the intersection, specifically in providing drivers with alerts about impending poor conditions. What happens if we crowdsource and combine vehicle data such as outside temperatures with traditional weather information? Join us to find out.
Taking a quick dive into the physical and emotional sensations of fear, Sue will share the value fear provides her as an indicator that she is learning and evolving. Rather than dialing down fear as an emotion, superficially ameliorating the symptoms, she goes further into the sensations of fear, embracing the experience for the growth opportunity it provides.